Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In this week's BGA, I analyze Week 13 performances by Todd Bowles, Bryce Petty, Bilal Powell, Wesley Johnson and the offensive line, Quincy Enunwa, Muhammad Wilkerson and Darron Lee, and the special teams, among others...

Quarterbacks

Bent: Having muddled his way through a mostly uneven performance, Bryce Petty finally put together a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. It wasn't pretty and he wasn't perfect, but he made enough plays to keep the chains moving. When the team lined up for a two-point conversion to cut it to a three-point game, Petty kept the ball on a read-option look, wriggled out of an Ahmad Brooks tackle on the edge and corkscrewed into the end zone.

I can break down each of Petty's throws, how he read the defense and his movement in and out of the pocket, but nothing is more of a game-changer than what he showed on that play. Watch out, NFL … Petty has moxie!

The trouble with moxie is that it actually has a negative reputation. Fans associate it with the Brooks Bollingers and Greg McElroys of the world. Displaying moxie means you showed grit and determination to overcome your shortcomings, rather than being seen as something which will help a player's longer-term development as they improve upon their skills.

Maybe Petty will break the mold, but yesterday was never going to be about him establishing himself as a potential starter already. Even if he passed for 500 yards, people would still be attributing that to how weak the opponent was or writing it off as a one-off like Matt Flynn had that one time with the Packers. What this did show us though was that, even if you don't like his chances of one day being an NFL starter, Petty could at least develop into the kind of back-up that won't kill you if forced into short-term action.

Whatever the long-term ramifications of Petty's new-found attribute, the come-from-behind win produced a rare feel-good moment in this lost season. I can't imagine he'd have generated the same exuberant reaction from his teammates if the Jets started well and hung on for a 23-17 win, so the fact they started so poorly may have worked out for the best.

The worst possible start saw the slot cornerback jump the route on Petty's first pass for an easy interception, leading to the go-ahead touchdown on the next play. Starting Petty out with a quick-drop stop route makes some sense in terms of getting him into an early rhythm and setting a platform from which they can do some other things. However, it's exactly what they did the last two times he played and the 49ers were ready for it. Throwing an interception there probably slowed down their plans to gradually open up the playbook for him.

Rather than a bad read, this was probably more a case of Petty underestimating the speed of defensive backs and their ability to quickly diagnose plays at the NFL level. It was probably the biggest welcome-to-the-NFL moment he's had so far, but if it gives him a better idea of what he can and can't get away with and he doesn't repeat the error, that can help his development.

That's essentially what happened over the rest of the game. While he still took a few risks and was inaccurate or late some of the time, Petty didn't repeat that mistake and was turnover-free the rest of the way. He gradually settled into a rhythm and made some confident throws in clutch situations to keep drives alive, notably a fourth down conversion after he kept the play alive in the pocket and a downfield throw across his body after he rolled out to extend the play.

We could nit-pick his performance and numbers in more detail, but the most important takeaways from this game are that Petty built some confidence, the team rallied around him and he absolutely showed progress not just from last week, but also from the start of the game to the end. While it's not lost on me that the win came over a 49ers team that is losing to everyone, the fact that he got the win with a threadbare offensive line, an underperforming defense and some key skill position guys missing is almost enough to counteract that. These next few games will be much tougher, but that's an ideal challenge for him as he tries to keep progressing.

I still don't think these next few games are going to have that much of an impact upon their plans for the position in 2017, but at least it should be more fun to watch over the rest of the season than the alternatives would have been.

Running Backs

Bent: After a curious decision to barely feature Bilal Powell last week, he ended up as the number one back due to a Matt Forté injury early on. Maybe being kept fresh last week helped him because Powell delivered as the number one, rushing for 121 of his 145 yards after half time and scoring two touchdowns including the game winner.

While Powell has only rushed for more than 80 yards one other time in his career, he fell short of his career-high which saw him gain 149 yards in a 2013 win over the Bills. However, he did set career highs in terms of yards from scrimmage (179) and carries (29).

Powell's tough effort to break the plane got the Jets back into the game in the fourth quarter and then he finished it off by breaking into the clear for a 19-yard game-winning touchdown in overtime. He also had four other plays - one on a pass reception - that went for 10 yards or more and did a good job of picking up the blitz.

As impressive as this was, we should not forget that the 49ers have the worst run defense in the NFL, giving up over 170 yards per game and almost five yards per carry. It will therefore be interesting to see how close they can come to repeating that output over the next three weeks. The Jets ultimately gained 13 first downs on the ground, having only had two (both by the since-released CJ Spiller) in the previous game.

Depending on his knee injury, we might not see Forté again this year. He rushed three times for eight yards before going down and missing out on the chance to potentially have a big game himself. If that's it for Forté, he'll end up with a career low in rushing yards (792) and receiving numbers (29-256). He has only averaged 3.7 yards per carry but scored eight touchdowns.

When the Jets made the move to get Forté, I expect they were hoping for him to make a similar impact to that which Brandon Marshall made last year. Clearly, he's fallen well short of that and, while I've been impressed with his effort, he hasn't looked consistently sharp all year and obviously hasn't done enough to fill the leadership void this team apparently has.

The Jets re-signed Khiry Robinson earlier this week, so it will be interesting to see whether he gets a chance over the next few weeks. With him not healthy enough to go this week, recent practice squad promotee Brandon Wilds was called upon to relieve Powell a few times. He gained a couple of yards on each of his two carries, but missed an assignment on a blitz pick-up that led to a sack.

Offensive Line

Bent: With Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady and Breno Giacomini all gone from the line-up, this was an interesting match-up with the league's worst run defense. The Jets were able to rush for 188 yards at an average of 4.7 per carry, although there were a lot of runs stuffed at or behind the line. Predictably, pass protection was an issue, as Petty was sacked for the sixth time less than halfway into the third quarter. However, they settled down and kept him clean for the rest of the game, although you might attribute that to Petty himself showing improved pocket presence as his confidence and comfort level grew.

Pro Football Focus have been raving about the performance of Wesley Johnson who has a chance to earn himself some money now that the starting center job is his for the remainder of the season. They assigned him one of the highest run blocking grades a Jets player has achieved all season and didn't attribute any pressure to him. It seems incredible that he's come so far after the Jets basically dumped him last September when Eagles back-up Beau Allen dominated him in the final preseason game.

Johnson's run blocking performance was easily the best we've seen from him this year as he did a good job of controlling the point of attack and blocking in space. He blocked his man to the ground on a few plays and looked particularly good on zone blocking assignments.

While he allowed penetration a couple of times, he did a good job of not getting stood up at the point of attack and only once did he miss a block to allow a run to be blown up. Although PFF gave him a clean bill of health in pass protection, there were three plays in the first half where he allowed his man into the backfield, one of which led to a sack. His man also recorded a half-sack on another first half play, although that was more of a coverage sack, mostly attributable to Petty's indecisiveness.

It's going to be very interesting to see whether he can come close to repeating that performance against three much sturdier defensive fronts over the next three weeks. If he can, that's going to at the very least entice the Jets to give the restricted free agent an original round tender. That would have fifth-round compensation attached to it, if another team signed him to an offer sheet." to "If he can, that's likely to make the Jets consider tendering the restricted free agent, perhaps at the second round level

While he wouldn't accumulate the same kind of run-blocking grades, it was James Carpenter who impressed me the most in the running game. When you get blocked by Carpenter, you stay blocked and he opened up the "Carpal Tunnel" several times on the day, notably on the game-winning touchdown where he walled off the right side of the defensive line with a perfectly executed reach block. On another memorable play, Carpenter pulled left and had to shove Ben Ijalana out of the way before making his block in space.

Ijalana had another rough game in pass protection, as he struggled to hold up against the bull rush and was burned outside by speed rushes a few times, including once for a sack. He also was called for a holding penalty and a false start, although the latter was probably actually on Carpenter (who blamed Petty). Ijalana also struggled in the running game, as he was beaten inside for a tackle in the backfield and badly missed his block in space on an end around that was blown up by his man.

Brian Winters was also flagged once, although it should have been twice, as he was clearly the player to have false started on a penalty announced as being on Brent Qvale. Winters had a slow start but made a good impact in the running game after half time. He was beaten one other time for a pressure.

Qvale was the player I was most interested to see this week, as he was re-inserted into the starting line-up due to Giacomini's injury. Other than Carpenter, Qvale is the only starter from yesterday's patchwork line that is still under contract next year. Early results were not pretty, as Qvale's man knocked him onto his back and finished off the sack on Petty. He settled down in pass protection and ultimately made some positive contributions in the running game, although one of those saw him lucky not to be called for a hold.

Qvale limped off down the stretch, giving us a bonus look at rookie Brandon Shell. Shell showed a couple of flashes, blocking down on his man to drive him to the inside on one play and peeling off a double team to make a second level block on another.

All six of the sacks surrendered came after more than 2.5 seconds, so perhaps they were more attributable to Petty taking too long to get rid of the ball or being prepared to eat the ball rather than risk a mistake. They can mitigate that by getting rid of the ball quickly in future, but as the interception on his first throw showed, the Jets need to avoid being too predictable in doing so.

Receivers

BentRobby Anderson continues to break out, falling just one yard short of his first 100-yard receiving game, although he did surpass 100 yards from scrimmage if you take into account his 12 rushing yards. Anderson looks like he has the potential to become a thousand-yard receiver at the NFL level. He is producing at that level over the past four games with 263 receiving yards.

Anderson's star quality continues to manifest itself, as he made an amazing leaping grab over a defender down the sideline and then set up the game winning score with another tough grab down the field. He also contributed as a blocker on the game-winning touchdown run. He provided his weekly reminder that he's still a rookie, failing to haul in a catchable high throw down the field, but his development continues to be one of the biggest bright spots of this disappointing season.

As good as Anderson's leaping grab was, Quincy Enunwa had him beaten for catch of the day, laying out to get one hand to the ball and tip it to himself for a rolling grab. That looked like it was going to be intercepted but Enunwa's athleticism not only prevented that, but also enabled him to come down with it. Enunwa had a pedestrian three catches for 29 yards, but is really starting to establish himself as a playmaker who can be a option in clutch situations.

Marshall limped his way through most of the second half but that might have been a blessing in disguise as the offense tends to look less one-dimensional when he isn't heavily featured. Marshall still made a nice over the shoulder catch and was unlucky not to be able to get both feet down on another sideline pass.

Charone Peake didn't play much, but came up big on fourth down, staying alive and finding space at the right moment when Petty moved around in the pocket to extend the play. On another play, late in the game, he almost came up with a great low catch, but was unable to prevent the nose of the football from hitting the turf.

Brandon Bostick was injured early in the second half, which is a shame as the Jets have been featuring the tight ends increasingly since Kellen Davis was placed on injured reserve. They combined for 52 yards on five catches yesterday. Bostick had made perhaps the nicest play of his Jets career so far with a diving grab for a first down.

The Jets continue to gradually work Austin Seferian-Jenkins into the mix as had three first down catches, including one where he dragged a couple of tacklers past the marker.  Seferian-Jenkins was also open for an easy first down on the play where Petty rolled out in overtime and instead threw downfield to Anderson. He seemed to be the one responsible for the illegal formation penalty that almost knocked the Jets out of field goal range while trailing late though.

Eric Tomlinson has been impressive at times in the running game and on screen passes but he struggled in pass protection and was called for a false start in an inconsistent display yesterday. If Bostick is out, Tomlinson and Seferian-Jenkins complement each other well so each will have a chance to impress over the rest of the season.

Defensive Line

Bent: The defense got off to a terrible start this week, giving up a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. That flat start continued until late in the first half as the first five drives ended with two touchdowns and three field goal attempts. The defense galvanized thereafter, though, as the 49ers gained just 113 yards on their next eight drives and never got back inside the Jets' 35-yard line. Colin Kaepernick completed just 4-of-11 passes for 17 yards in the second half, but the run defense was poor throughout, surrendering 248 yards including 155 on Carlos Hyde's most productive five carries.

Something interesting happened down the stretch though.

After the Jets scored to cut the 49ers' lead to 17-14, Muhammad Wilkerson suddenly awoke from a month-long slumber and put together his most dominant series of the season. Todd Bowles recently said that Wilkerson's explosiveness was starting to return, which I was skeptical about, but this was the first evidence of that we've seen since the bye week because he exploded into the backfield three straight times and drew a hold to help force a punt.

Once the Jets got the ball back, I was hoping they would tie the game so we could see if he would continue to take over the game once the 49ers had the ball back, but the Jets came out in a sub-package with Wilkerson not in the line-up. However, in overtime, he again penetrated to help blow up the 4th-and-short run that set up the winning score. He was noticeably fired up at the end of the game when the Jets clinched the win, too.

Wilkerson was in on three run stuffs including one for a loss and had one pressure so the performance still fell well short of what you'd normally expect from him. However, in a week where there have been reports that the Jets are not happy with their leadership, it was encouraging to see him step up and take over the game much as you'd expect him to when healthy.

Wilkerson was a game-time decision, so he's evidently still not 100%. That could lead some to suggest that he only performed better because he was motivated to give a good effort, thereby exposing the fact that he hadn't been giving the same kind of effort over the past several games. Whatever the reason, which could include an improved comfort level within the role he had yesterday, it was a reminder of the kind of dominant player Wilkerson was before this year and hopefully a sign that he's on his way back to being that kind of player again.

Despite Wilkerson's struggles, Leonard Williams has been consistently productive and added to his team-leading sack total with another half sack yesterday. However, it was a worryingly ineffective performance from Williams who was driven off the line several times and didn't have a tackle in the running game until the last minute of regulation. He added a couple of pressures, but overall it was his least productive game of the season and had me worried that he'd been afflicted with the same malaise that seems to have held back Wilkerson over the last month or so.

Sheldon Richardson is another player whose inconsistent production has been troubling, but he made some good plays yesterday, including a tackle in the backfield to force a punt before the Jets tied the game. He also added three pressures as a pass rusher.

With Steve McLendon out again, it would be easy to attribute the 49ers rushing success to that, but Deon Simon showed significant promise in his place. Williams, Wilkerson and Richardson were all driven off the line a few times, but Simon held up much better. He drew a holding penalty with penetration, had one effective bull rush as a pass rusher and was in on four run stuffs including the fourth down stop in overtime.

Simon didn't see action until half-way through the second quarter and while things definitely improved thereafter, he was on the field on four of Hyde's six longest runs. Nevertheless, the promise he showed on some of the plays he made is something to build on heading into next season.

Finally, Anthony Johnson was in for a few snaps and got into the backfield well on one pass rush attempt.

Linebackers

BentDarron Lee is one of the players you'd most like to see encouraging signs from over the final month of the season. However, for the second week in a row, he had a rough first half. Lee had three missed tackles - a season high - before half-time and found himself caught inside on several running plays. He was also beaten for a big gain down the seam.

However, after half time, he avoided any more mistakes and, although he had a quiet game in terms of impact plays, it was good to see that progress, especially after a first half that almost had me wishing Julian Stanford was still on the roster. Almost.

David Harris had a solid game alongside Lee, leading the Jets in tackles and getting in on a handful of stops at or near the line. He also added one pressure. Harris was blocked out of a couple of plays at the second level in the first half, but seemed to avoid blocks better thereafter.

Rookie Jordan Jenkins continues to provide the Jets with solid play, but this week it was good to see him starting to make more impact-type plays. He stuffed one run, tracked a receiver out to the flat for a big hit and picked up half a sack, the first of his career, on a blitz up the middle. It wasn't a mistake-free performance from Jenkins though, as he lost contain once and tackled the wrong guy on a read-option play.

Mike Catapano started, but was once again ineffective. He also lost contain on one run. By the end of the game, Freddie Bishop - who was recently activated off the practice squad - was getting reps ahead of him and flashed some playmaking ability when he forced a fumble on a running play. He also had one pressure and was in on a run stop. Bishop also jumped offside on third down and he lost contain once, although that looked like a hold.

Bruce Carter saw some brief action on defense, but the Jets instead opted to use Doug Middleton - another player recently activated off the practice squad - in a sub-package linebacker role. Middleton, who is a safety by trade, brought good energy as he had a pressure and was in on a run stuff, but also seemed to be slightly out of position in coverage on a couple of plays underneath.

Defensive Backs

Bent: The most significant development in the secondary this week - other than the injuries to Marcus Gilchrist and Buster Skrine - was the fact that Juston Burris seems to have moved ahead of Darryl Roberts on the depth chart.

Burris, the rookie selected in the fourth round of April's draft, had looked shaky in limited action to this point, but has obviously been developing in practice because the team gave him an extensive workload and he responded well. Skrine's injury probably elevated him from fourth corner into the nickel back role so he perhaps played more than originally planned, but he responded well either way. Roberts was limited to special teams action.

Burris forced three punts with a break-up and two open field tackles on third down and was in good position on one other play in coverage. Kaepernick was 1-for-6 on passes beyond 10 yards down the field with only one of those more than 20 yards and the only completion being down the seam to a tight end so the 49ers never really tested Burris or any of the other corners. Nevertheless, it was still a positive sign to see him hold up so well.

Marcus Williams was making his return and contributed a first half sack. He didn't give up anything in coverage although he was a little fortunate on two plays where he was half-beaten and the pass was inaccurate.

Prior to getting injured, Skrine had been having a rough game as he was dragged into the end zone on the first play, called for defensive holding once and burned for a big gain across the field by Jeremy Kerley.

Darrelle Revis had a really quiet game as the 49ers simply didn't look his way until late in the game, when Revis broke up a slant pattern. That's sufficient to make this one of his best games of the season, which for $17 million a year obviously isn't good enough.

Gilchrist's injury looked bad and probably means he's unlikely to be fully available for most of next year's offseason workouts. He had a couple of touchdown saving tackles but gave up a first down in coverage and missed a couple of tackles. It was noticeable that he was coaching the likes of Middleton on the field so it's going to be a challenge for the secondary to cope back there without him. Nevertheless, they held up well without him so it could end up being something that forces Calvin Pryor or Rontez Miles to take on more of a quarterback-of-the-secondary role which could serve to accelerate their development.

Pryor had a pretty quiet game, although he came close to making a few plays when he missed a tackle in the backfield and botched an attempt to recover a fumble. Miles was even quieter but avoided any obvious mistakes.

Special teams

BentNick Folk made a big contribution this week, nailing a late game-tying field goal from over 50 yards away. Folk was 3-for-3 as Phil Dawson uncharacteristically missed twice for the 49ers, otherwise the Jets probably would have lost.

Rookie punter Lac Edwards continues to struggle though. He landed five of his six punts inside the 20 which sounds good, but actually none of those were landed inside the 10 and three of them were at the 19 or 20-yard line. Four of his six punts were less than 40 yards and he hasn't had a net punt of 45 yards since the second quarter of the Rams game - four weeks and 19 punts ago.

With the Jeremy Ross experiment over and Jalin Marshall still out, Nick Marshall took over return duties. He looked relatively comfortable fielding punts, although let's not forget that he muffed one against the Jets while playing for Jacksonville last year. Marshall didn't have much success, but looked sharp on the opening kick-off when his 53-yard runback was called back due to a hold.

That hold came courtesy of new addition Arthur Brown who was making his Jets debut. With six players ruled out due to injury, all of the new guys had to suit up, otherwise the Jets would have had to activate Christian Hackenberg. Later on, Josh Martin was also assessed a penalty for holding.

The Jets were also lucky on one punt where the ball almost deflected off Peake's leg as he was blocking the gunner.

In coverage, the Jets held up well with Miles and Carter combining on a good special team stop. Burris overpursued and missed the tackle on a punt though. He does a great job of getting downfield but still needs to improve his technique when breaking down. It was good to see Devin Smith out there as a gunner too, although he played just one offensive snap.

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Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets exercised their options on two defensive starters on Tuesday, ensuring that defensive tackle Steve McLendon and linebacker Josh Martin will both be back for the 2018 season.

The Jets were facing a deadline of Tuesday on both players, but the decision likely wasn't difficult, especially with the team likely to have nearly $100 million in salary cap space to spend this offseason. McLendon is due a salary of $3.125 million this year and has a salary cap number of $4.25 million. Martin is due a salary of $1.8 million, with a cap number of $2.1 million.

The moves come one day after the Jets declined their 2018 option on tackle Ben Ijalana, making him an unrestricted free agent...

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The Jets hope to be in the mix to land highly touted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in order to provide stability at the QB position.

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The entire Jets offseason will be played out in the shadow of Kirk Cousins -- the biggest name on the free-agent market, and the franchise quarterback they so desperately need. And that's even true right now, as the NFL's 15-day "franchise tag" window opens on Tuesday.

The Jets aren't likely to use the tag, but the Washington Redskins are reportedly considering using it on Cousins.

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It is no secret the Jets wants top free-agent QB Kirk Cousins on their roster next season, and it came out Monday that they are "willing to pay whatever it takes." But what if Cousins decides to sing elsewhere? What is the Jets' next move from there?

According to SI's Peter King, the Jets should be high on bringing back Josh McCown, and drafting Heisman Trophy Award winner Baker Mayfield ahead of next season. Though the jets are expected to have a pretty healthy cap situation, McCown could come back for cheap, and Mayfield will obviously be on a rookie contract. 

King doesn't deny that Cousins could certainly be a Jet, but this situation could also work with McCown mentoring Mayfield as he did Johnny Manziel back in 2014. 

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New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets made offensive tackle Ben Ijalana a free agent on Monday after they failed to exercise his player option.

New York did not exercise Ijalana's $500,000 option bonus that would have activated his $4.5 million base salary for the 2018 season. By doing so, the Jets will save a total of $4.6 million.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets know they need a quarterback, and in particular, free-agent QB Kirk Cousins. That is why the team is "willing to pay whatever it takes" to employ him next season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

New York has failed to find their franchise quarterback for years now, as fill-ins, so to speak, continue to come to town with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg failing to show they are the guy the Jets need. Josh McCowwas the latest of those rentals, and he had a career year before an injury unfortunately ended his season. 

This offseason, though, GM Mike Maccagnan has no excuse in Cimini's eyes. He currently has over $70 million in cap space, and could have more than that by the time they can grab Cousins. The Redskins can still franchise tag him, so they could use him in a trade, but that is unlikely. 

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In 2017, the Jets' running game struggles probably had more to do with the offensive line being overmatched than the performance of the backs.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets reportedly turned down a Cincinnati Bengals trade proposal that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to New York last season, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Cincinnati, according to Cimini, called the Jets organization at the start of free agency and offered McCarron in a trade, however the Jets turned it down to focus on free agency. It is unclear what Cincinnati requested in the deal.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets started over last offseason and actually built themselves a nice core of talent. They have many young, inexpensive players they can build around this spring.

They certainly have the tools to build around them - perhaps as much as $100 million in cap room, the sixth overall pick in the draft, and some extra picks too. And that's good, because even though the Jets exceeded expectations last season, they were still 5-11, and have plenty of holes to fill.

Now, as they get ready to begin Phase 2 of their rebuilding project, here's a look at their biggest needs.

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Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Cornerback is one position where the Jets obviously need to upgrade.

They opted not to pick up a corner from last year's deep draft class until they took two project players - Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones - in the sixth round. The coaching staff claimed to like the upside of these players along with Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts as well as Rashard Robinson, who was added via trade at the deadline.

However, none of these players stepped up as hoped.

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"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield

The 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to talk about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, and if he has what it takes to succeed in a market that isn't friendly to anyone. 

Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight...

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New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially announced the hiring of Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator/QB Coach, and announced the hirings of Rick Dennison as offensive line coac/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach.

"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense," head coach Todd Bowles said in a press release. "Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve. I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Todd Bowles decided to fire offensive coordinator John Morton, he always had quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates in mind as a replacement...

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The Jets have been a team whose defense has been built around their interior linemen for a long time, but Muhammad Wilkerson's anticipated departure could be an opportunity to reinvent themselves by finding a difference-maker who can create constant pressure off the edge.

The Jets haven't really had an elite edge rusher since John Abraham, who was traded before the 2006 draft. They've tried drafting one high (Vernon Gholston), converting an interior lineman into one (Quinton Coples), and bringing in an established veteran (Jason Taylor). But none of these have been successful. None of their low-cost free agents, reclamation projects, or later draft picks have stepped up either.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Jets are in position to be the kings of free agency, with potentially more salary cap room to spend than any team except for the Cleveland Browns. They are already projected to have about $75 million in salary cap space, and that's if they don't make another move.

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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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When the free agency frenzy finally begins, the Jets figure to be at the center of the storm. And all eyes will be on how hard they go after the quarterback they so desperately need.

But they have a ton of salary cap space to spend in other areas, including maybe on the 24 players they have on their roster who are approaching free agency. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brent Qvale, Chandler Catanzaro, Dakota Dozier, Demario Davis, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Mark J. Rebilas)

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There are always plenty of receiver prospects who make an immediate impact as a rookie, even in the later rounds. However, the Jets haven't had much success in recent years despite selecting seven wideouts in the last four drafts.

While four of those seven are under contract for 2018 and a fifth -- restricted free agent Quincy Enunwa -- also figures to be back, the Jets got just 15 catches of production from that group in 2017.

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Daily News Live: Jimmy Garoppolo 00:03:54
The Daily News Live crew discusses the impact Jimmy Garoppolo's new contract will have on the deal Kirk Cousins will want.

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Jimmy Garoppolo just became the NFL's highest paid player, even though he's only started seven NFL games and thrown 12 touchdown passes in four seasons. He reportedly agreed to a monster, five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers -- a record average of $27.5 million per season. That record will be very short-lived.

It's a simple fact of the NFL that the price of franchise quarterbacks only goes up, and in less than five weeks another one will be on the open market. And when Kirk Cousins officially becomes free on March 14 you can bet his deal will eclipse what Garoppolo just got...

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 (Glenn Andrews)
(Glenn Andrews)

In NFL.com's latest mock draft, Chad Reuter forecasted the first three rounds for all teams. With the Jets first selection at no. 6 overall, Reuter has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

The Jets take Allen over Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, who fell to the Cardinals at no. 15. USC QB Sam Darnold went no. 1 to the Browns and UCLA QB Josh Rosen went no. 2 to the Giants.

Allen threw for 3,202 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his sophomore season. However, his production dropped this season to 1,812 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also suffered a shoulder injury, and was forced to miss the final two regular-season games this year...

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(Chuck Cook)

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Most of the draft discussions surrounding quarterback prospects have been focused on the consensus top five prospects: UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

However, depending how the offseason goes, the Jets might end up in a situation where they're not in the market for one of the top prospects.

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Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)
Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Chiefs have released former Jet Darrelle Revis, the team announced. 

Revis, 32, would have been owed a $10 million contract guarantee if he was still on the roster on March 18. He was signed by Chiefs in November, playing five games, including two starts. 

After the Chiefs' season ended, Revis admitted he wasn't at his best.

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Kacy Rodgers never got a chance to play in the NFL before he turned to coaching. But now he might be able to give his son the shot that he never had.

The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders...

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Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.

However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.

Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After saying he wouldn't join the Jets for $60 million, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a pending free agent, told TMZ exactly what it would take to secure his services.

"A hundred Ms," Bell said, referring to $100 million. "Hey, listen to me: I play running back, but they've got to respect me like I am, man." 

Bell, 25, responded to a fan's tweet last week asking what amount of money it would take for him to join the Jets.

 

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(Brad Penner)

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

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(Kirby Lee)

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Two years ago, the Jets drafted Darron Lee with their first pick, hoping to shore up one of their inside linebacker positions for the foreseeable future. Over the course of his first two seasons, he's been up and down, but he has retained an every-down role.

Last year, he struggled initially, then played the best football of his career in the middle of the season, only to regress down the stretch. However, there are no indications that the Jets intend to move on from Lee.

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Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)
Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)

In his latest mock draft, Todd McShay changed his pick for the Jets, and has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the sixth overall pick. 

McShay originally had New York taking LSU DE Arden Key. However, he had a change of heart as the Jets desperately need to find their franchise quarterback. But he warns not to forget about free agency, where GM Mike Maccagnan will have about $100 million to go after high-profile QB Kirk Cousins.

"Yes, it's a running theme -- this is another landing spot for Cousins," McShay writes. "If the Jets don't sign him in free agency, Allen makes a lot of sense if Mayfield is off the board. There is a significant drop-off in talent after the first four QBs in this draft, so the Jets need to make sure they grab one here. Allen had an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, showing off his arm and his mobility. There are still concerns about his accuracy and ability to make multidimensional throws consistently, but all the tools are there. And he has the prototypical QB build (6-foot-4 7/8, 237 pounds)."

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(Matthew Emmons)

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The Philadelphia Eagles would be absolutely crazy to get rid of Nick Foles now after he slayed the mighty Patriots, and was rightfully named the Super Bowl MVP. Yes, they have Carson Wentz, a legitimate MVP candidate, before he got hurt. And yes, Foles will likely be Wentz's backup again next season.

But didn't Foles just prove to everyone how valuable a backup quarterback on a contender really is?

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

In last year's draft, the Jets used their first two picks on safeties, and Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye started every game alongside one another in the secondary. Those starting roles seem settled for the next few years, but the Jets like to operate out of packages with three and even four safeties, so Todd Bowles may be keen to add some depth.

Last year, Rontez Miles and Terrance Brooks each saw regular playing time, often playing together as the Jets used a four-safety dime package in passing situations. Also, Doug Middleton, who missed the season due to injury, was expected to contribute. All three are now out of contract though, so the Jets may look to fortify their depth in the draft.

While it seems unlikely the Jets would select another safety with their top pick, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is a possible consideration due to his versatility. Could Fitzpatrick be like Jalen Ramsey -- a hybrid cornerback/safety who has developed into one of the league's better cornerbacks?

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GEICO SportsNite: Super Bowl 00:06:46
Nick Foles and the Eagles upset Tom Brady and the Patriots for the first Super Bowl win in Philadelphia's franchise history.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) As their delirious fans sang their theme song and their owner lifted the Lombardi Trophy, the Philadelphia Eagles finally could breathe freely.

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Loud Mouths on the Super Bowl 00:05:06
Chris Carlin and Jon Hein host Loud Mouths from the Mall of America to discuss the Super Bowl and how they think it will play out.

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THE GAME

The NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs. the AFC Champion New England Patriots (15-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

Thank goodness for domes! Outside the Super Bowl stadium the temperature won't even reach double digits, with a forecast high of 9 and a low of 0. Inside it'll be fine. Hopefully it'll be nice and toasty in front of your TV, too.

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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

With the Alex Smith trade complete, it appeared the Redskins were going to allow Kirk Cousins to look for his lucrative deal in free agency. Now, they could have a change of heart.

Washington is considering placing the franchise tag on Cousins just so they could trade him, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The reasoning behind this decision would be for the Redskins to get back what they dished out in the trade with the Chiefs. So, instead of getting nothing in return by allowing the hottest free-agent commodity to walk, Washington is looking for something in return. 

However, if they do make that decision to tag him, it comes with a lot of risk considering Cousins is allowed to make his own decision. First, he can wait as long as he wants to sign the franchise tag, which would have the Redskins biting their fingernails as they watch the $34.5 million stay on their books.

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